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Published April 12th 2018
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If your visiting Cambridge and don't want to spend a lot of money, these places have some interesting displays. Each holds its own unique collection of artefacts with several of them having been open for a few hundred years.

They are all located fairly close to each other and you can easily walk between them as the area being mostly flat. As Cambridge is a bike-friendly city, you could hire a bike and cycle between them.

The museums are family friendly as we visited them with our 7 & 5-year-old kids and they enjoyed looking at everything.

1. The Whipple Museum

Containing a vast array of different scientific instruments, prints, pictures and models. Many of the instruments were made in England and date back as far as the 17th century, covering surveying astronomy, navigation and drawing. For children, there is an area containing boxes in which they can explore different objects and learn.

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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


2. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

With art and artefacts from around the world and stone tools that date back 1.8 million years, the museum has the added addition of innovative exhibitions from contemporary artists.

3. The Fitzwilliam Museum

A vast collection of over 500,000 works of art dating back as far as 2500 BCE to present day. Founded in 1816 by the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, who bequeathed many items to the museum, and displays works by Rubens, Breughel, Constable, Monet and Picasso.

4. The University Museum of Zoology

Displays a large range of specimens with mammal skeletons, shells and fossils. You'll find displays featuring animals from all over the world. A series of temporary displays with scientific, photographic and art exhibitions can also be seen.

5. The Museum of Classical Archaeology

Holding a huge array of artefacts dating back as early as 1700 BCE to 400 CE, displaying Graeco-Roman objects and art including a collection of over 400 plaster casts on display in their own Cast Gallery.

Each museum varies in size, but depending on how much you enjoy exploring their collections, it could entertain you for a day or two.

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